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The Terminator Reviews

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Hank Gallo
New York Daily News
October 26, 2015
You almost forget the film's flaws - like the cartoony look of the war-ravaged future. Here, the most absurd excursion is believable and we go along willingly - stopping now and then for a breath or a laugh.
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Kirk Ellis
Hollywood Reporter
October 3, 2015
The havoc makes for a genuine steel metal trap of a movie that may very well be the best picture of its kind since The Road Warrior.
Peter Bradshaw
June 25, 2015
Getting the extraordinary physical specimen of Arnold Schwarzenegger for the lead was a stroke of genius and a stroke of fortune. Each of his pecs is the size of a bull's flank.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
June 15, 2015
Damn close to perfect.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Nick Rogers
October 30, 2014
Cameron maintains the heedless, non sequitur pace of a nightmare without resorting to cheap tactics. The frights of these nightmares, those cracked reflections of reality, hardly feel manufactured or inauthentic. And neither does "The Terminator."
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Alan Jones
Radio Times
April 1, 2014
Wittily written with a nice eye for sharp detail, it's hard sci-fi action all the way.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5

Total Film
April 1, 2014
A nerve-bludgeoning, relentlessly exciting action movie masterpiece.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5

People Magazine
April 1, 2014
[Cameron] keeps things under control nicely, though, right through the final confrontation.
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
February 23, 2013
Still a toss-up between The Terminator and Aliens as to which James Cameron picture ranks as his best, this propulsively exciting yarn about a murderous cyborg has long staked its claim as a classic -- science fiction or otherwise -- for the ages.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
February 18, 2013
Still one of the most harrowing science fiction films in James Cameron's repertoire...
Rob Humanick
Slant Magazine
May 23, 2011
Remains a surprisingly meditative work, its concentrated visceral bursts not unlike punctuation marks among something more brooding, even prayerful.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Jordan Hiller
December 30, 2010
Throughout his extraordinary, legend in his own time career, James Cameron has done very little that cannot be legitimately considered well ahead of its time.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
December 6, 2009
I remain perpetually amazed by how magnificently Cameron keeps the tension up... there is not a single moment that isn't operating at 100%.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
May 25, 2009
A cyberpunk picture that flirts with emotional resonance but mostly focuses on the gut...testosterone-fueled, estrogen-boosted action melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 22, 2009
A brilliant sci-fi film that cleverly combines strong storytelling with suspense and killer set-pieces.
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
May 21, 2009
James Cameron's fast-paced, downright propulsive directorial sensibilities ensure that there are few lulls within the narrative.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
May 18, 2009
As for Schwarzenegger, he nicely fleshes out the convention of a soulless gun for hire. With his choppy hair, cryptic shades and state-of-the-'80s leather ensemble, he looks like the Incredible Hulk gone punk.
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Jay Scott
Globe and Mail
May 18, 2009
An efficient, cold-blooded sci-fi splatter movie that never makes the mistake of forgetting that on some level it is deeply ridiculous.
Nathaniel Rogers
Film Experience
May 15, 2009
"TECH%u2022NOIR" indeed. He's a futuristic machine and this movie is pitch black with menace.
Full Review | Original Score: A

June 17, 2008
The original and best film from the franchise -- iconic, heady, dark and exciting.
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